June 9 2008

iPhone 3G

iphone 3gFirst things first… it comes out July 11th, so all of you calm down.

Now, for those who don’t know what I’m talking about, it’s all about the new iPhone… iPhone 3G. If anything was missing from the original iPhone release, it was 3G support as opposed to EDGE technology. The simplest way to explain it is that in the demo today, Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple, displayed a web page in 21-seconds on 3G, while in EDGE it took 59 seconds. In other words, it’s a lost faster.

This is something that really should have been around since the beginning, and I’m going to be blunt, I think the original iPhone adopters got shafted. More and more, it is looking to me like the original iPhone was more of a “beta” than an actual full release.

No 3G. Now it has it.

No enterprise support. Now it has it.

No third-party app support. Now it has it.

No GPS. Now it has it.

Only out in six countries. Now in seventy.

Yes, all products get upgraded, but these are such basic features and support in a device such as this, it almost seems iPhone 1.0 was a year early and a dollar short in retrospect. Never mind the fact the price is now $199 for 8GB and $299 for 16GB… you all enjoying that $599 you paid on release day now?

The new phone is certainly more tantalizing to me, but so long as AT&T is the sole carrier in the United States, I will not be getting one. They have lousy service, horrible customer support, and I want nothing to do with them. Mr. Jobs boasts endlessly about how many iPhones they’ve sold, but think how many more he would have sold if he had gone with multi-carrier support, or even a carrier with broader coverage than AT&T. Blech.

MobileMeI will say I am very excited about the launch of MobileMe. Being a small company, exchange sever type service has always been something we would like to have, but it was never very practical. For $99 a year, having this sync our two iPod Touch devices, as well as having access from our browsers, seems like a great solution. The only thing I am curious about is if I will be able to set it up to work with our Gmail accounts; I’m not thrilled with the idea of having to start a whole new system of emails yet again.

True, we will only be able to work with this when the Touches are near Wi-Fi, but that will be fine as we are already used to that. A centralized calendar system will make our lives a heck of a lot easier though as all of us always seem to be heading in about 20 directions at once. It took a couple days just for us to get together on finding out if all three of us had a clear schedule for one day, so a centralize calendar is aces in my book!

With the news that iPhones and iPod Touches will be getting support for Office files, these devices are finally getting to the full PDA status I had hoped for when they first came out. I will finally be able to stop carrying around my Axim and just get down to my BlackBerry 8830 and the iPod Touch. One less device in my life! Woo! It looks like a good portion of my What I Want From The Apple SDK list is coming true, even the Sling Player is in development, so we are well on our way to what I had always suspected.

So, no iPhone for me still, but bring on MobileMe and the Apps!

Oh… and Snow Leopard as the next OS name… really? Um… okay, sure, why not.

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